Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

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by Martin Fletcher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312371187

ISBN-13: 9780312371180

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Martin Fletcher doesn’t claim to be a hero. Yet he didn’t flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes

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Martin Fletcher doesn’t claim to be a hero. Yet he didn’t flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clueless adventurer to grizzled veteran of the world’s battlefields. His working philosophy of “Get in, get close, get out, get a drink,” put him repeatedly in harm’s way, but he never lost sight of why he did it. In a world obsessed with celebrities, leaders, and wealth, Fletcher took a different route: he focused on those left behind, those paying the price. He answers the question: Why should we care?

These extraordinary, real-life adventure stories each examine different dilemmas facing a foreign correspondent. Can you eat the food of a warlord, who stole it from the starving? Do you listen politely to a terrorist threatening to blow up your children? Do you ask the tough questions of a Khmer Rouge killer, knowing he is your only ticket out of the Cambodian jungle? And above all, how do you stay sane faced with so much pain?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312371180
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Clueless     1
When Luck Ran Out     26
Salad Days     53
There Is No God but God     89
The Home Front     115
Famine and the Warlord     145
The River of Death     174
"Kosovo, Oh, How I Love You"     191
Living with Terror     216
Index     243

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